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Computer Power Supply making rattling/buzzing noises

It does this every so often and I'm not sure what to do. Details to follow. [more inside]
posted by james33 on Nov 12, 2016 - 6 answers

Daisy chaining surge protectors, cords, and power strips

How do I safely connect my computing equipment to a surge protector and a far away wall socket? [more inside]
posted by ticktickatick on Jan 30, 2016 - 14 answers

Electricians/IT experts: Can you solve this mystery?

My computer cycles off without warning, and it's on a battery pack/surge protector UPS. What gives? [more inside]
posted by Chris4d on Nov 14, 2012 - 13 answers

Why can't I find a DC-DC laptop power adapter?

Why can't I find a DC-DC laptop power adapter? [more inside]
posted by Cosine on Nov 5, 2012 - 20 answers

Should I replace my UPS?

How important is it to get a UPS for my computer? Mine recently died, and I'm wondering if I should replace it. My computer is a Windows 7 desktop, if that matters. [more inside]
posted by marble on Oct 23, 2011 - 7 answers

What am I doing wrong with my PSU?

PSU was missing from computer. Bought a new one, now it gives me one continuous BIOS beep when I turn it on. What have I done wrong and how do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by battlebison on Dec 10, 2009 - 4 answers


Why can't I use power standby mode on my computer anymore? [more inside]
posted by Justinian on Jan 10, 2008 - 10 answers

How do I know my computer's not hibernating anymore?

I'm running XP SP2, and I'd like to setup my laptop to do a couple of things once it comes out of hibernation. Pretty much everything I want to do is scriptable, but I have no idea how to trigger the scripts. [more inside]
posted by Spoonman on Dec 5, 2007 - 6 answers

Does a UPS/surge protector need to be turned on to protect your gear?

I got into a debate the other day with my boss, who is absolutely anal-retentive about everything power related (to the point where he scolds me for leaving fluorescent lights turned on if I'm not using the room). [more inside]
posted by melorama on Nov 11, 2006 - 17 answers

My computer has a sudden inexplicable inability to initiate.

My computer has a sudden inexplicable inability to initiate.

That is, it was working fine, now it won't boot. AOpen AX4SPE Max II motherboard, P4 3.2 GHz, WinXP. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van on Jan 3, 2005 - 9 answers

My computer keeps turning back on

Here's a weird one: my computer has been turning back on two or three minutes after I power down for the night. It only stays off after I shut it down for a second time. What's strange is that it is undeniably off during those three minutes; no lights, no fans, nothing. The machine just rises from the dead.

This has only been happening for the past week or so. It's an XP computer running an Athlon 2500 on an MSI motherboard with the factory power supply. Any ideas?
posted by pheideaux on Aug 19, 2004 - 6 answers

What's up with my notebook power adapter receptacle?

I've got a big problem with my notebook PC. The spot into which I put the power cord/AC adapter in the computer (whatever it's called) seems to have been damaged somehow, so now I have to nudge the connection into just the right angle for the battery to start charging at all. The computer works just fine except for this, but the warranty has run out, and my PC needs power! (A) Who can I call about such a problem -- a PC support guy or an electrician or what? (B) If all fails, are there any backup options, like a USB charger or something? I'm desperate!
posted by dagny on Apr 5, 2004 - 10 answers

Shut Down!

I installed a new OS (mmyes, it was M$ W2k) on my computer on a new hard drive. The old system and the new OS now work next to each other, but I have a technical matter that I can't solve. On the old OS (W98), if I say "Shut down", it will also automatically shut down the power of the computer after it shuts down Windows.

The W2k OS doesn't do that, and while it's not a big issue, I have enough of the neurotic in me to want it to work on the W2k as well. Where and how do I make it do that?
posted by NekulturnY on Jan 18, 2004 - 2 answers

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